Dec 17, 2012 7:47 PM by Matt Stafford

El Paso County considering new marijuana rules; already changes to City enforcement

El Paso County Commissioners are scheduled to consider two proposals on Tuesday related to the recent voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana in Colorado.

According to a release from the county, one of the proposals would prohibit possession, display, and use of marijuana on county property. The other consideration is an ordinance to prohibit cultivation and retails sales of marijuana for recreational use in unincorporated El Paso County.

Both items are scheduled for at or after 1:00 p.m. in the Centennial Hall Auditorium. The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.

The Friday before, Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey released a bulletin making his department and the city aware of changes to marijuana enforcement from the Governor signing Amendment 64 into law.

"An individual twenty-one or older is authorized to possess an ounce or less of marijuana but they are not permitted to use the marijuana in a public place or in a manner that endangers others."

If necessary Carey says the department can issue a summons for public consumption under Municipal Court 9.7.206: Possession of Cannabis.

There are also rules on how much a citizen can grow that Chief Carey acknowledged (six marijuana plants, of which not more than three that are mature, flowering plants, in an enclosed, non-public, locked space).

For more on the El Paso County Commissioners' agenda for Tuesday, click here.


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